Of all my instruments, this one I am probably most attached to. They only made 250 of these Martins. After playing about 20 models I heard this one, and grabbed it! It has a warm rich tone, so I thought I’d try and sample it. I recorded it through an Avalon 737 Pre , using an AKG 414 . I compressed a little with a Universal Audio 1176. I also included a version that doubles each string (not octaves). It has a little bit of a Bouzouki vibe which I thought was kind of cool. And last I made a pad from the guitar using some reverses and the new FREE Vahalla SuperMassive Reverb/Delay. A special shout out to Dave Hilowitz for sharing his “Random No Repeat” Kontakt script on his awesome Youtube channel!
Reviews for Joshua’s Martin
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Authentic and nice sound of guitar!
Beautifully captured guitar sound. I was looking for a simple guitar sound and this Martin guitar tone is perfect!
It's a Martin
A great guitar Library. The pad is the star for me though! Some very interesting and useful sounds in there. The sound of the Martin is wonderful but I would choose to play 'a real guitar' every time. That's just personal choice.
One of My Favorite Guitars
I love the sounds in this sample. The clean sound of the guitar is something I've found hard to find in even some less expensive libraries, let alone free ones. And the pad is really cool sounding and always starts the creative juices flowing.
Pad is Great, Solo guitars don't do it for me
Ive said before that as a guitarist i would never play a melody on a virtual guitar, theres something about the articulation of playing an actual guitar that i don't think can really be captured for sampling to a piano midi device. It just ends up sounding like a piano string instrument like a dulcimer or zither in my opinion. Sometimes i even have to break up a guitar melody i record piece by piece and then join up the different tracks in my DAW, but this still sounds way better than a sampled solo guitar in my opinion. So the regular guitars didn't do it for me but the Pad is really nice. Its not one of the more interesting pads on Pianobook with a bunch of stuff going on but maybe thats exactly what you need. It's extremely warm, rounded and intimate. Im actually using it in a track right now and subtly layering a more interesting pad on-top of it. It also has some slight pulsing which is awesome.
This is another great from Joshua. Just like the rest of his libraries, this one doesn't disappoint. There are three round robins for each note, and each note in the chromatic range was sampled. Clearly a lot of time nd effort went into this sample pack! The sounds is generally tonally even with just a couple of exceptions of notes that sound like they were accidentally palm muted. Regardless, this library is highly playable and fun!